Accountable care organizations (ACOs) create integrated delivery systems that encourage teams of physicians, hospitals and other providers to collaboratively coordinate care for ACO members. The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a Shared Savings Program — an ACO that will be accountable for the quality, cost and overall care of assigned Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in the traditional fee for service program. Its expected launch date is January 2012.

To assess the industry’s awareness of and readiness for ACOs, the Healthcare Intelligence Network conducted an e-survey on Accountable Care Organizations. Responses from 228 healthcare organizations, indicated that a significant segment of the industry is reframing its care delivery structure as an ACO or will do so in the near future.

Download the free white paper from the Healthcare Intelligence Network on accountable care organizations to learn about the types of organizations operating ACOs, as well as barriers to ACO engagement: http://www.hin.com/library/registeraco11.html

This white paper is an excerpt from the full 2011 Benchmarks in Accountable Care Organizations: Metrics from Early ACO Adopters, a comprehensive snapshot of ACO awareness, participation, administration, targeted populations, payment models and much more from healthcare companies already immersed in the ACO architecture. Click here for more information on the 2011 Benchmarks in Accountable Care Organizations: Metrics from Early ACO Adopters.

I invite you to download the free white paper on accountable care organizations at: http://www.hin.com/library/registeraco11.html. If your organization is considering an investment in ACOs, you can learn from the experiences and feedback from healthcare payors, purchasers, providers and others presented in the 2011 Benchmarks in Accountable Care Organizations: Metrics from Early ACO Adopters.

Sincerely,

Melanie Matthews
Executive Vice President
The Healthcare Intelligence Network

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